The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has temporarily suspended 2 BRF´s facilities authorisation to export chicken into Saudi Arabia since February 10th. The reason is possible violations on feed and premix production between 2014 and 2018 in Dois Vizinhos and Francisco Beltrão cities, in Paraná.
The company does not tolerate any deviations in quality and integrity in its production process." - BRF stated.
BRF have reported that those facilities send about 6,000 tons of chicken products to Saudi Arabia per month and has been cooperating unrestrictedly and continuously with Brazilian and international authorities in these investigations.
According to Brazilian officials poultry meat produced in Brazil undergoes serious quality control. Photo ANP
"The company does not tolerate any deviations in quality and integrity in its production process. Thus, it has intensified and expanded its structure of internal controls, compliance and quality in recent years in order to guarantee strict adherence to any and all global health legislation,” BRF stated.
The company says it still has 5 processing plants qualified to export to Saudi Arabia and is committed to normalising exports from Dois Vizinhos and Francisco Beltrão, which will start to serve other markets from this moment on. Even though, BRF declared that the Francisco Beltrão facility doesn´t export to the country.
The executive director of the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA), Ricardo Santin, pointed out that those processors follow all imposed rules and procedures. “We see no reason for the closure. We hope that these plants will reopen as soon as possible,” he declared, in an interview with the Brazil-Arab News Agency.
Saudi Arabia is the second larger Brazilian chicken importer with 468,700 tons in 2019, just behind China that bought 585,600 during the same period. Middle East includes 2 others among the top 10 Brazilian clients United Arab Emirates (341,200), Kuwait (114,800) and Iraq (110,100).